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Our Rising Stars


Nicola Woods

Nicola progressed through Everton Football College studying a Level 3 Extended Sport Diploma before gaining an Apprenticeship through the Club’s apprenticeship scheme and has now secured a full-time role at the Academy as Recruitment Administrator.

Nicola has been with the Academy since September 2016, having started as a Level 3 Business Administrative Apprentice in the Academy Recruitment Department and successfully completing her apprenticeship.

Nicola is responsible for all general administration across the Academy Recruitment department, with a focus on Development Centre administration for USM Finch Farm and our six Outreach Centres across the North West.

She deals with player recommendations, events, scout communications, local league coverage reports and general information and data systems.


Michael Ball

Michael obtained a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and won a US Scholarship to study a BSc Health & Sport Science degree at Rose State College in Oklahoma. He combines his studies with playing football in the National College Soccer league.








Liam Diggle

Liam now combines a full-time job with his passion and talent for football.

He gained a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Everton Football College.
Liam works in the roofing industry while playing semi-professional football with Burscough FC and St Helens Town FC.







Zoe Kiziltan

Zoe was awarded an Excellence Scholarship to study a BSc Sports Science degree at Bangor University, having obtained 3 Distinction* grades for her Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Everton Football College.

She is in her first year at Bangor and hopes to one day forge a career in professional sport.








What They Say About Us

“I felt a sense of belonging both in the school and to the club.” Callum – studying an NVQ in Activity Leadership.

“Everton Sixth Form is the best place to develop and get a place in university.” Zoe – now studying Sports Science at Bangor University after completing Year 13 at Everton Football College.

“The links into other areas of the Club offer amazing opportunities to learn as well as possibilities after you finish too.” Craig – Everton Academy Apprentice after completing Year 13 at Everton Football College.


“All of our students get the very best opportunities to develop themselves both inside and outside the classroom.” Richard Cronin – Principal of Everton Free School and Football College.


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